10 reasons to skip the iPad this year
On Wednesday, Jan 27 – Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s new device the iTampon, I mean the iPad (sorry bad joke and it has been overdone) with alot of hoopla and media attention that no one does better than Apple. When the iPhone came out it was truly revolutionary – it changed the cell phone game but this device, the iPad is not likely to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor.
Why not? Well for one the smartphone market was (and still is) taking off and Apple entered the game late after RIM had demonstrated that the cell phone market was going to Smartphones in a big way. But the iPad is not a smartphone it’s a tablet PC or Apple’s iTablet. And tablet PCs have been around for more than a decade already and it hasn’t caught on. So Apple is attempting to drive a new category. What that category is – is not clear. I’ve heard – it’s not a smartphone and it’s not an eBook – so its a Smartbook. I’ve heard that it is in the netbook category and I’ve also heard of course that it’s in the tablet category. Whichever category it’s in, this is more niche that mass.
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Cell Phone Batteries Lasting Till the End of a Contract?
To all of our benefit, battery manufacturers have made a significant improvement over the years on the life of our cell phone batteries. Many of us can not live without our phones; I have mine glued to me at all times. One of the greatest challenges for cell phone batteries is their limited life span. Can a cell phone battery actually make it to the end of a three year contract?
There are several types of batteries that are found in cell phones, two of the most common are nickel metal hydride and lithium ion. Older cell phones used nickel cadmium batteries which had a memory, meaning the phone will only charge to a certain level, no matter how long it stays on the charger. Read the rest of this entry »
Garmin Review – Navigation Good, Smartphone Bad.
Garmin introduced the G60 cell phone at the 2008 Mobile World Congress in Spain and it is now just arriving in North America. It has been a difficult and long road to market. For Garmin’s first attempt at a smartphone, the G60 seems like a product that is half complete. The design is a simple box like shape with a special soft coating that makes the phone feel very secure in your hand. It has a 3.55″ resistive touch screen with a 272 x 480 pixel resolution. The screen isn’t the sharpest picture, but it is clear. Blue-tooth, Wi-Fi and 3G are standard. Read the rest of this entry »
Blackberry Tour 9630
The Blackberry Tour 9630 is a gentleman’s phone with a ladies touch or switch it around which ever works for you. It’s sleek and sharp styling makes it a perfect fit in your hand or in the smallest of purses. The built in Internet browser along with multimedia functionality, email capability, social networking and a wide variety of other applications make it truly a mobile solution for those on the go or just simply looking for a great smartphone. If you are anything like me, a good camera is a must have feature in a phone. The 3.2 Mega Pixels camera takes marvellous pictures with its automatic focus feature, LED flash and a two times digital zoom feature. It also allows you to record videos to capture those once in a life time moments. The famous video formats include WMV, H263, H264 and MPEG4. Read the rest of this entry »
Introducing BlackBerry’s newest entry level device, the Blackberry Curve 8520 Smartphone.
Blackberry decided to offer an entry level quad band GSM smartphone and provide an update to the BlackBerry Curve 8310/8320 line. This device targets customers who are new to the smartphone world as well as those looking for an affordable device that can do most of the things other BlackBerries are known for. One of the down falls is the camera does not have a flash and there isn’t any GPS. Some users may find the lack of 3G support a bother , but it does have Wifi. There are dedictaed media keys, making it a lot simpler to navigate the web. The phone is light and has a nice soft feel in your hand. Read the rest of this entry »
Palm introduces its newest device less than four months after the release of the Pre smartphone. The Pre is estimated to have sold between 50, ooo to 100,000 units in the first weekend. The Palm Pixi is the second phone based on the webOS platform. This slim, compact, attractive phone has a full Qwerty keyboard, 2.63 inch multi-touch touchscreen 320 x 400 captive display, a 2 megapixel camera, GPS, 8GB of storage and an accelerometer. Palm will also be introducing a native Facebook, Yahoo! and LinkedIn app when the Pixi launches.
“With Palm WebOS, we’re creating a new, more intuitive smartphone experience defined by unmatched simplicity and usefulness,” Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Palm Pixi brings this unique experience to a broader range of people who want enhanced messaging and social networking in a design that lets them express their personal style.” Read the rest of this entry »
Palm Pre Coming to Canada
You read it right, The Palm Pre is finally set to launch in Canada. Our sources tell us that the Pre will be in stores by September 1st, 2009. The Pre was voted best mobile phone at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show and is perhaps the first real competition for Apple’s iPhone. It comes with a host of features that make it truly worth owning. As a quick recap, it comes with a full slide out Qwerty keyboard, connected calendars and contacts and universal search to name just a few. To learn more about the features of the Palm Pre read my previous blog – The Palm Pre – Is this your next cellphone – Canada?
myCELLmyTERMS sponsors the “Summer in Toronto” photo contest on Lenzr.com
What does summer mean to you? Take pictures of summer fun in the GTA with your camera, and you could win a smart phone of your choice* see details below. Take pictures of sunbathers and soccer stars and senior citizens eating ice cream or whatever makes you think of July and August heat. At the beach, in the streets, anywhere the season occurs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Be sure and tell us when and where the photo was taken, and why the image means summer to you.
The most popular image wins a Smartphone – The winner may choose any one (1) of several smart phones currently available in the Canadian wireless industry, including but not limited to iPhone, Blackberry, Pre, etc.
Its simple. Productivity.
This is not meant to be a features based comparison between the iPhone and one of Blackberry’s leading devices, the Bold. And its not meant to describe which unit has the coolest games or nicest apps or any of those items. Cause if it was, then hands down the iPhone would win out (well maybe not hands down).
Its simply about getting stuff done and in a simple and convenient way. No smartphone out there can compare with the blackberry smartphones for email functionality, the BIS and BES toolkit takes email with its push technology to another level. It always amazes me that I get the email first on my Blackberry device before I receive it on my desktop computer. Now that’s efficient.